The soul of a white nationalist

From Herald Tribune . com  November 23, 2018
As the sun set on May 24 2013, Derek Black walked across the stage at New College’s graduation, and I handed him his diploma. Soon thereafter, he renounced his white supremacist views, and his position as heir apparent to the leadership of the white nationalist movement.
Though I had only been at New College for a year, I was quite certain what led to Black’s conversion. Black was smart, and a New College education is transformative. No doubt the close interaction Black had with faculty members and the rigorous courses that he took easily trumped the crackpot ideas into which he’d been indoctrinated.
How uninformed I was.
Read President O’Shea’s entire article here.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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